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Can Breeders Cure What Ails Our Breast-Heavy Turkeys?

November 27, 2014 - 7:03am

The standard commercial American turkey is the product of decades of intense selective breeding. But breeding for efficiency and size has created new health problems scientists must grapple with.

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Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

November 27, 2014 - 4:42am

Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.

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Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

November 27, 2014 - 4:42am

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.

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Colorectal Cancer Cases Are Dropping — Except Among Young Adults

November 26, 2014 - 4:53pm

The number of Americans getting and dying from colorectal cancer has been dropping steadily except for one group — younger adults.

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Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

November 26, 2014 - 4:53pm

A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.

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Lower Ozone Standard Would Raise The Compliance Bar For Business

November 26, 2014 - 4:53pm

Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it's another expensive hoop to jump through.

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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

November 25, 2014 - 5:59pm

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

November 25, 2014 - 11:24am

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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New Bird Species Sings Sweetly In Sulawesi

November 25, 2014 - 5:20am

Birds are one of the most widely studied forms of life on the planet. And, there are still new species out there to discover — as one young researcher found recently in a forest in Indonesia.

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As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

November 25, 2014 - 3:51am

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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'Queen Of Carbon' Among Medal Of Freedom Honorees

November 24, 2014 - 5:36pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Mildred Dresselhaus about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work in physics. The 84-year-old is a professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at MIT.

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Could Magnets Help Lessen The Impact Of Concussions In Football?

November 23, 2014 - 5:10pm

A researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University is experimenting with putting magnets in football helmets to dull the impact. NPR's Tess Vigeland speaks with neuroscientist Raymond Colello.

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Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

November 23, 2014 - 7:14am

In the face of natural disasters and disease, there are always people who step forward to help. Their brains may tell why. This story originally aired on Sept. 22 on Morning Edition.

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A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

November 23, 2014 - 7:03am

Human waste can help things grow and even cook your dinner. It might sound gross, but don't worry, the odor has been removed. Plus: It's good for the environment!

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

November 23, 2014 - 5:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

November 23, 2014 - 5:52am

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

November 22, 2014 - 7:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

November 21, 2014 - 4:22pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48. And they're receding faster than ever before.

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Why Would Someone Choose Silence For 17 Years?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental respect. For 17 of those years he didn't speak a word.

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How Do Years Of Silence Change Someone?

November 21, 2014 - 9:21am

For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a silent message of environmental responsibility. For 17 years he didn't speak a word.

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